Monday, February 27, 2012

Who's Benchmarks Are You Using?

Recently we ran our "Nutrition Challenge" to kick off the year. In my eyes, it was one of the most successful to date:
  • The logs I was reviewing were incredible - people were truly embracing the modifications to their eating that allowed them to be healthier.
  • Our Conditioning Circuit Class, which allowed people to gain extra points, doubled as people came in... and stayed that way even after the challenge was over.
  • Most importantly, we could visibly see the changes in the participants that were the most focused - with one telling me her jeans were too loose, another saying that he had dropped two pants sizes and, most dramatically, a women who was already buying a new wardrobe.

The kicker? None of these people were overly happy - because the scale had only gone down 2-4 pounds, and they were disappointed with the results.

Really?

I'm sorry, but who gives a **** what the scale says? I mean, how are you picking the number that you want the scale to read in the first place?

Believe me, I'm not someone who doesn't think that weight loss is a valid goal for training, and in fact, believe that in many cases this is where it should start - since activities like running are actually detrimental if you're carrying too many excess pounds. But when you're seeing changes, when you're feeling the difference - why are you letting some randomly chosen numbers on a machine dictate your happiness?

I have a challenge for you. Consult a professional, and find a recommended training and nutritional program - but stay off the scale. Find ways to measure your progress (that are tailored for you) that DO NOT include your weight.

You know what I think? I think you're going to have a harder time not stepping on a scale than you will following your program... which, frankly, means you need to re-evaluate your reasons for training.

Are you doing it to improve your physical capabilities, health and general lifestyle? Or are you doing it for a random set of numbers put out by an (often inaccurate) inanimate object?

Something to think about.

~Guy

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